It’s time to trot out that annual favorite, our preseason power rankings, in which we analyze the talent on our 12 teams post-draft and predict how they’re going to finish.
But first let’s take a look back at last year’s predictions and see how they turned out.
One year ago we said:
Wisconsin is going to kick our butts this year. Applegate’s evaluation shows the Warhawks have far and away the best offense in the league. Combine that with the third-best pitching and you’ve got a tandem that looks unbeatable, particularly in the South Division.
Wisconsin did indeed have a strong year with 90 wins but it was Savannah that dominated the division with 96. (Final standings)
Coming in at No. 2 in the overall rankings is the expected North Division powerhouse, the Springfield Isotopes.
You’ll recall that Springfield was part of that frantic final-month finish involving Tropical and Hickory, with the Heat pulling away for a three-game margin (90-87) over the Isotopes. Still, the Isotopes did make the playoffs.
In fact, the six teams that made the playoffs were in the top eight of our preseason ranking. The misfires: